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Old 01-23-2013, 07:07 PM  
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My daughter wants to play guitar...

I have 3 guitars she could use but they're all standard, right-hand configurations and she's left-handed.

My wife thinks I should teach her to play right-handed. Since she's never played before, it won't be like she'd have to unlearn anything.

However, I'm concerned that I could be potentially limiting her later on because she might not ever fully develop the dexterity she might have otherwise developed if I had just gotten her a left-handed guitar to start with.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:27 AM   #61
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I have 3 guitars she could use but they're all standard, right-hand configurations and she's left-handed.

My wife thinks I should teach her to play right-handed. Since she's never played before, it won't be like she'd have to unlearn anything.

However, I'm concerned that I could be potentially limiting her later on because she might not ever fully develop the dexterity she might have otherwise developed if I had just gotten her a left-handed guitar to start with.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 AM   #62
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I'm a lefty and play golf right handed..she'll be fine.

....it's all in your head, anyway.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:45 AM   #63
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I have 3 guitars she could use but they're all standard, right-hand configurations and she's left-handed.

My wife thinks I should teach her to play right-handed. Since she's never played before, it won't be like she'd have to unlearn anything.

However, I'm concerned that I could be potentially limiting her later on because she might not ever fully develop the dexterity she might have otherwise developed if I had just gotten her a left-handed guitar to start with.
If she becomes a serious player, it is more difficult to find preferred equipment lefthanded. I started teaching my son to play right handed as well (he's a lefty). I think if you already have the equipment, check to see how well she responds and how perservering she is. I don't know, so far my son hasn't shown the followthru to prove me right.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:58 AM   #64
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I would want my dominant hand picking and strumming. Dexterity comes pretty quick with practice.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #65
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If she becomes a serious player, it is more difficult to find preferred equipment lefthanded. I started teaching my son to play right handed as well (he's a lefty). I think if you already have the equipment, check to see how well she responds and how perservering she is. I don't know, so far my son hasn't shown the followthru to prove me right.
Yeah, that's a big part of it.

I don't want to lay down a 40% premium for a lefty axe only to have her quit in a year...
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:16 AM   #66
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I would want my dominant hand picking and strumming. Dexterity comes pretty quick with practice.
Exactly. You guys act like this girl is going to be shredding through scales. I would want my dominant hand doing the strumming or picking. Really depends what kind of guitarist she is but if she is learning acoustic which I think all beginners should start with. Definetly don't create a larger learning curve by forcing her to play right. You can buy a cheap left handed guitar to see how she responds

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #67
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I have 3 guitars she could use but they're all standard, right-hand configurations and she's left-handed.

My wife thinks I should teach her to play right-handed. Since she's never played before, it won't be like she'd have to unlearn anything.

However, I'm concerned that I could be potentially limiting her later on because she might not ever fully develop the dexterity she might have otherwise developed if I had just gotten her a left-handed guitar to start with.
restring the rightie to allow her to learn it leftie (yes I know the pick gaurd will be upside down)......if she sticks with it, you go buy her a new leftie.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:29 AM   #68
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I have 3 guitars she could use but they're all standard, right-hand configurations and she's left-handed.

My wife thinks I should teach her to play right-handed. Since she's never played before, it won't be like she'd have to unlearn anything.

However, I'm concerned that I could be potentially limiting her later on because she might not ever fully develop the dexterity she might have otherwise developed if I had just gotten her a left-handed guitar to start with.
If she wants it do what you can and hook her up lefty.

She'll pass through a phase or make you proud and keep with it...
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:39 AM   #69
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I'm a lefty and play golf right handed..she'll be fine.

....it's all in your head, anyway.
I've seen you golf.
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This is an interesting topic.

I started playing drums at a young age (righty). I was pretty accomplished and when I was a freshman in HS I met another fellow drummer who was left handed. We were both in orchestra and other band combos (jazz, etc). We both had our drum kits at school and I started messing around with his left handed kit. I sucked at first, but after a while I got to the point I liked playing lefty as much as righty. It also made for some interesting variations doing things I normally did right handed on a left handed kit. I improved a lot in that short amount of time compared to the previous months/years.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:43 AM   #71
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restring the rightie to allow her to learn it leftie (yes I know the pick gaurd will be upside down)......if she sticks with it, you go buy her a new leftie.
The nut is grooved for right-handed strings.

You can't just turn it upside down.
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Exactly. You guys act like this girl is going to be shredding through scales. I would want my dominant hand doing the strumming or picking. Really depends what kind of guitarist she is but if she is learning acoustic which I think all beginners should start with. Definetly don't create a larger learning curve by forcing her to play right. You can buy a cheap left handed guitar to see how she responds
If she plays righty, I don't have to buy a guitar. I have a half dozen of them.
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Spanish Classical. She should learn to read music, it will help open doors later (playing piano, violin, etc)
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Let her mess around with both left and right handed guitars and see what feels more comfortable. Some people are left handed but prefer a right handed guitar.
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